How Ballet Shaped Me

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Ballet has always been a huge part of my life, it has shaped me into the individual that I am today. I am so thankful for ballet. I wanted to share the important life lessons it has taught me throughout the years.

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I first started ballet at the age of 3. I trained in the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus, the school of the Royal Ballet. I love the RAD method, it focuses on the importance of technique and foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: My first Nutcracker ever, I was a Sugar Plum Fairy Attendant

Right: My good friend, Stephanie and I before our Grade 3 exam

Self-Discipline

Ballet has taught me how to be hardworking and self-motivated to achieve my goals. Ballet takes years and years of training in order to master the technique properly. I danced 6-7 days a week and remember times when I just wanted to quit and be done to have a “normal kid” experience. There were days I was so sore from the previous day but I knew the goals I wanted to achieve. Ballet is very self-disciplined, the teachers are not there to tell you how great you are doing. They are there to give you the tools for you to be the best dancer you can be. You have to apply their corrections in order to improve.

Left: Tiny Tots’ Beauty and the Beast, I was Belle and Stephanie was Maurice

Right: Tiny Tots’ Pinocchio, I was the Blue Fairy

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Nutcracker 2010: I was a Teenage Party Girl, my favourite role! The perfect combo of dancing and acting!
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Odette Variation from Swan Lake

 

The Importance of Taking Care of my Body

I credit dance to my love for health and fitness. Dancers know their bodies better than any other athlete, we know when we are off toe and know the slight change we need to make to fix it. We know how to listen to our bodies to know what they need. Dancers know the importance of eating healthy foods to fuel their bodies in order to perform their best. They know the importance of resting and taking care of their bodies in order to heal.

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Coppelia 2015: Prayer with Waltz of the Hours girls

Patience

Ballet training takes many, many years in order to master the technique it requires. Ballet requires lots of patience in order to achieve your goals. You will not be able to master a perfect pirouette on your first try, maybe not even your 100th. But after lots of long days in the studio, you will get there!

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My dear friend Julia and I in Serenade

Being Humble

When I was younger one of my ballet teachers told me how she loved how humble I was and people who were humble make the best ballet dancers. They get noticed for all of their hard work and determination without being in your face about it. I think this is an important trait as a future healthcare professional.1488232_669952866369503_14761566_n.jpg

Nutcracker 2013: On left Vincenza as Russian Trepak, middle Taylor as Chinese Tea, on right me as Mirliton

The Importance of Teamwork

When dancing in the corps, you must rely on your fellow dancers to be there for you. Corps work together in order to stay in perfect sync. If one girl is off, that can affect the entire corps. Ballet dancers must rely on each other to know when to do the next movement. Fellow dancers are so important in order to create beautiful ballets. Ballets like Swan Lake and Giselle have the corps playing a huge role throughout the entire ballet.

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Senior Performance of Coppelia

 

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Dancing in college has been very different but has been so much fun! I’ve learned so much about all different types of dance. I met my roomie and forever dance partner!

 

Lifelong Friendships

I have met my best friends through dance. They are truly the most amazing people and I am so grateful for these friendships. They share all of the long hours in the studio to the most beautiful moments on stage!

 

 

 

A Form of Self-Care

“Everything at the ballet was beautiful”, ballet is graceful, elegant, and tough. Despite all of the blood, sweat and tears it entails, ballet is a form of expression. It is a creative outlet I got to when I need to relax and destress. Just spending 5 minutes in the studio a day, can change my whole day.

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I’m so grateful for ballet. It has shaped me into the person that I am today. It makes me so happy to be apart of something so beautiful and historic. I know ballet will always be in my life.

 

xoxo

Vogue’s 73 Questions

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Inspired by the Vogue series, I wanted to challenge myself to Vogue’s 73 questions!

 1. What’s your favourite movie?

The Great Gatsby

2. Something I cannot live without?

My pearls

3. Fictional character I relate with?

Charlotte from Sex and the City

4. A book you plan on reading?

One Day in December

5. A book that you read in school that positively shaped you?

Little Women

6. Favourite TV show?

Sex and the City

7. Favourite Cuisine?

Italian

8. iPhone or Android?

iPhone

9. Twitter or Instagram?

Instagram

10. Best Place I’ve Visited?

London

11. What’s your favourite food?

Pizza or Pasta, can’t decide

12. Least favourite food?

Any meat

13. What do you love on your pizza?

Just cheese:)

14. Favourite drink?

Cider

15. Favourite dessert?

Any kind of cookie (including dough)

16. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Dark

17. Coffee or tea?

Tea always

18. Favourite makeup product?

Mascara

19. Dream country to visit?

Italy

20. Heels or flats?

Heels

21. Favourite song?

Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Ray

22. Favourite Accessory?

Sunglasses

23. What’s your favourite colour?

Pink

24. If you had a tattoo, where would it be?

No thanks

25. To be or not to be?

To be.

26. Dogs or cats?

Dogs

27. Diamonds or pearls?

Pearls

28. Stairs or elevator?

Stairs

29. Pilates or yoga?

Pilates

30. What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?

Chocolate Peanut Butter

31. What’s your favourite board game?

Disney Monopoly

32. Favourite season?

Fall

33. What was the movie that made you cry?

Manchester by the Sea

34. If you could have one superpower what would it be?

The ability to read minds

35. Do you like surprises?

No

36. Is there a dessert you don’t like?

Pie

37. It’s brunch, what do you eat?

French toast with a mimosa

38. What do you usually order in Starbucks?

Chai latte

39. Who is the last person you texted?

V

40. What’s your favourite brand?

J Crew

41. Best way to de-stress?

Diffusing essential oils with my salt lamp and face mask

42. How do you like your coffee?

I don’t drink coffee

43. What colour of dress did you wear to prom?

Sea foam green

44. What’s your favourite flower?

Peonies

45. What was the last thing you ate?

Hummus and pita bread

46. Do you like your handwriting?

Yes, sometimes

47. Do you bake?

Yes I love baking (hate cooking)

48. Favourite sound?

Pointe shoes

49. Favourite app?

Pinterest

50. If you could raid one woman’s closet who would it be?

Kate Middleton

51. Favourite holiday?

Christmas

52. Favourite smell?

Lilly Pulitzer perfume

53. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

My dad

54. Jogging or swimming?

Jogging

55. Any regrets?

Not continuing ballet professionally

56. Hair colour?

Blonde

57. Eye colour?

Blue

58. Scary film or happy endings?

Happy endings

59. Favourite season?

I love the expectancy of Spring.

60. Three people alive or dead that you would like to have dinner with?

Kate Middleton, Walt Disney, The Queen Mother

61. Hugs or kisses?

Hugs

62. First pet? 

Jack

63. Worst subject in school?

Math

64. Favourite thing in the world?

Handwritten letters

65. Sweet or savoury?

Both!

66. Lipstick or lip gloss?

Neither

67. Guilty pleasure?

Chocolate chips

68. Favourite city?

Boston

69. Shop in store or online?

Online

70. Plane or boat?

Plane

71. Dream proposal?

Disney or Christmas time

72. Morning ritual?

Cup of green tea

73. Pen or pencil?

Pen

Off to the Races

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One of my favorite places to go in the summer is the racetrack. Every summer my friends and I take our annual trip to Saratoga, NY to watch the horse races. It’s fun to relax and spend a fun day with good friends!

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My favorite part of going to the races is dressing up of course! My dress is from Lauren James, I have it in sea foam green! It’s one of my all time favorite dresses! She makes perfect dresses for the races. My friend V on the right is wearing a Lauren James dress as well. You can find it here!

 

 

I also am wearing a sun hat that I got at target and added my own ribbon for a special touch! My shoes are from Marshalls, not sure of the brand tho! And my pearl necklace, and as Jackie Kennedy would say “pearls are always appropriate!”

We did bet a little money for fun but only 2 of us actually won something. Sadly, it was not me. My horse came in last place:(, that’s what happens when I pick the pink one lol.

We’ve been going to the races for the past 3 years, and it’s such a fun tradition. I look forward to it every summer! The Saratoga race track opened in 1863 and is open for the summer with racing 6 days a week. There is many other fun things to do in Saratoga as well. I used to come up here quite often when I was younger for ballet auditions and we would always stop at the Cold Stone and Alex and Ani store on our way home! They also have many shops and delicious restaurants. They have a Lilly store so you know thats’s always on the list!

Here are some of my favorite restaurants!

Wheatfields I always get the Pesto Radiatori, so yummy!

Chianti Ristorante I love the Capellini Alla Checca!

Brueggars You can never go wrong with a bagel!

Here’s a look at some of the past years outfit looks!

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My first year at the races, I wore this long, blue Lilly Pulitzer dress! They don’t have the exact same color but they have some that are pretty close! Love this dress! It is so versatile, you can wear it to school, grad parties, or even just running errands!

 

 

 

 

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Year two I decided to take a little different route with my dress choice. I’m wearing a black Calvin Klein dress! Finally got the memo, and bought a black sun hat to match. And of course my pearl necklace to tie the look together!

 

 

 

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Finally back with to Lilly again this year. I’m wearing a green Lilly Pulitzer shift dress! This isn’t the exact one I’m wearing but this is the same style! I love this dress, the cut is perfect! Also, can’t forget the obligatory hat and pearls to make the outfit complete!

My friend V on the left is also wearing a Lilly Pulitzer, this is the closest one I can find! And my friend Steph on the right is wearing a Lauren James dress. Here is a similar one!

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Cheers friends xoxo